Happy Chinese New Year
I am sure that most people are aware of Chinese New Year. One of the new single ladies here, said to me, “you know you read maybe one or two sentences in the history books about Chinese New Year being an important holiday but that doesn’t even compare to the reality of it”! That about says it all…. This year has been the same as other years. They shoot off fireworks for 15 days. One of our ladies told me that from the second day til the 15th day, they shoot them off at all the meal times. They shoot them off for various reasons. Some to ward off the evil spirits. Some to welcome the good spirits of the new year. While others do it just for the fun of it. It was so cold this year that I caught Holly lighting one from inside the house and throwing it outside! My children did all have their fun but I say enough is enough!! It wears you out listening to all of the noise! I woke up one time thinking that we were under attack! It is a festive time to be sure. The Sunday of the New Year brought about 50 people to church. We all made chinese dumplings called jiaozi. They were VERY good. I tried my hand at making them….again. I just can’t seem to get the pinching down the way they like it. After several attempts and three different people showing me three different ways to close them up, I gave up! I told them that I think they are born knowing how to make jiaozi! We will just eat them, thank you very much!
We have been enjoying the time off from many things. We have still had homeschool but I have not had to teach in the afternoons nor have we had Chinese or music lessons. It has been NICE! I have been able to work on household projects and am so happy that they are getting close to being done. I finished our family room walls today.
The girls and I have also had more time to cook! That has been fun although Kendale and I are being VERY careful with what we eat. I found a wonderful recipe on Pinterest and wanted to share it here. My children are the only ones that ate them and they said they were “THE BEST!!!” I even took pictures of the finished product! WOW! Does that make me a “real” blogger?
Cinnamon roll pancakes!
cinnamon roll pancakes with powdered sugar glaze!
cinnamon roll pancakes
Yield: 4 servings (4 pancakes)
Prep Time: 25 min Cook Time: 10 min
An absolutely decadent morning treat…
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:
4 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Prepare pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, oil and egg, just until batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).
2. In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set aside. You don’t want this to remain super-liquidy. It’s best if it becomes a consistency similar to toothpaste.
3. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl- heat butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract; set aside.
4. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Snip the corner of your baggie of filling and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
5. When ready to serve, spoon warmed glaze onto the top of each pancake.
*Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly. Don’t flip them until you see those bubbles starting to pop on top. Flip them with a wide spatula so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!
*It’s best if you pour the batter onto your skillet, wait a minute or so and then swirl the cinnamon onto the batter. That’ll give it a chance to set a little before you add the swirl.
*If your baggie of filling begins to get too thick, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up again. On that same note, it shouldn’t be too runny. The consistency of soft toothpaste is perfect. If it’s melty and runny, it will tend to run all over your pancakes. Once you micro it, let it sit on the counter at room temp for a while until it thickens slightly.